Seasons are a funny thing. Mother Nature switches it up every few months, and the environment that you live in each and every day, changes dramatically. Some love it and some hate it. We have our autumn friends, our winter friends, our spring friends, and our summer friends. We’ve talked about it before. But, we’re heading into a new one… so it bears reminding. Taylor Fencing is proud to design and construct the fences that line the perimeter of your properties – be it your home, your business, anything you can imagine. But, they’re the gatekeeper to (hopefully) really great landscaping. Moreover, that landscaping can suffer during the summer if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
Guess what? We do. And we are – and will always be – committed to being your support system, so that you never have to feel stressed or have questions about the way that you’re taking care of your home. We made a promise to the readers of the Taylor Fencing blog long ago, that we wouldn’t just showcase the different styles of fences that we offer. Sure, we’ll do that as well. It’s what we’re best known for. But, the reason that our customers keep coming back, and spreading the word to their friends and family, is because we see the bigger picture.
We would never want to drop off a shoddy fence in front of a beautiful home. In the same spirit, we would never want to drop off one of our most premium products in front of a house or landscape that needs some work. So, welcome to the Taylor Fencing blog! A place where, truly, all of your questions can be answered. We do all the work, we help with all of the information, and we hopefully set your mind at ease. After all, you have far better things to focus your attention on.
Tis’ the season… it’s time to talk about the grass in your yard and the best ways to take care of it. Read on for more information:
Did you know that globally, we spend billions of dollars keeping our grass safe and beautiful during the warmer months? Obviously, depending on hemisphere, this means that this can be a lucrative business for all that are involved. But, if you know what you’re doing and you have the right resources, you can do all of the work yourself! Yes, there are definitely jobs where it pays to have an expert, but make sure that you’re weighing the pro’s and the cons of if it makes sense for you to take on the work yourself. Sometimes it’s cheaper, you have a lot more say over how the work is done, and ultimately, you’ll be extremely proud of yourself every time that you walk out of your front door!
Tip one – “Mow high”
What does this mean? Take that lawn mower of yours and put it on its highest setting. This allows the grass around the perimeter of your home or business to be all the way up to three inches high. When you have taller blades, you’re benefitting from more shade for the root system of your lawn. This has one major benefit – it keeps your lawn cooler during the hottest days of summer. Bonus? You’re going to ultimately be looking at grass with stronger and deeper roots, which benefits you over time.
Tip two – Water, water, water
This needs to be a regular practice. It may sound cumbersome, but it can be the fastest and most rewarding chore ever. If you water regularly and in the right measure, you’ll never have to see a brown lawn, only green, green grass. Here’s where people get confused (and probably annoyed with said-chore)… this doesn’t need to be a daily thing. This can be a once or twice weekly chore (make the kids do it!). The magic equation is one to one-and-a-half inches of water a week. That’s what will make both your lawn (and your plants if you’re feeling up to it) feel happy and healthy. If you have a busy schedule, you can take advantage of many different home irrigation systems, who take all of the manual labour out of the process for you!
Tip three – Timing is important
We know, we know, you don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn, but it might be a trade-off for the money that you’ll save in your pocket. How early? We’re sorry – five a.m. is the best time to water your lawn. The sun isn’t up quite yet, it’s not too hot, and you’re checking something off, even as you enjoy your morning coffee or tea. The additional reasoning behind this, is that your lawn will have the ample amount of time to dry out throughout the day, so you won’t run into anything like fungal diseases.
Tip four – Maintain the mower
we talked about mowers, and maintaining them is going to be your best friend. If you don’t properly maintain the mower that you’re using, you’re not only wasting money, but you’re harming your grass and the land around your home. Again, this is something that you can easily do yourself, it’s just a couple of quick check-offs the to-do list. They include sharpening the blades, and ensuring that you’re changing the spark plugs, filter and oil on a regular basis. Sound complicated? None of these things are. We’re grateful to live in the Information Age, where a quick YouTube tutorial can walk you through all of the steps.
Tip five – Fertilizer is your friend
Every six weeks, make sure that you’re adding fertilizer to your lawn. Make sure that you’re looking at the nitrogen content and keeping it between 10 to 14, otherwise you may find that your grass is sprouting up faster than you may have anticipated! A mulching mower can also be your friend here; that helps you naturally fertilize the lawn and recycles the nutrients.
When in doubt, ask us! We’re here to help and keep you happy and comfortable as we head into the summer.